Population Health Alliance

PHA is the industry’s only multi-stakeholder professional and trade association solely focused on population health, representing stakeholders from across the health care ecosystem that seek to improve health outcomes, optimize medical and administrative spend and drive affordability.

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Jay Desai | Founder & CEO | PatientPing

Mr. Desai started PatientPing in 2013 with one goal in mind: To connect providers everywhere to seamlessly coordinate patient care. Prior to founding PatientPing, Jay worked at the CMS Innovation Center (CMMI) where he helped develop ACOs, bundled payments, and other payment initiatives. Jay’s passion lies at the intersection of technology, policy, and community building. He has an MBA in healthcare management from Wharton and a BA from the University of Michigan. Jay feels lucky to love his work, but also loves running, all things music, and spending time with his family and friends.

Gaurav Lal | Executive Director | Innovative Solutions at Merck

Mr. Lal received a BS degree in biological sciences from Oklahoma State University and a MBA degree from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. After beginning his career in the pharmaceutical industry with E.R. Squibb & Sons, he joined Merck in 1988 as a Professional Sales Representative in Texas. In his career, Gaurav has held positions of increasing responsibility in a broad range of business functions. His experience includes sales, sales training, field communications, sales management, managed markets, strategy & commercial model innovation In 2016, he moved into his current Executive Director, Innovative Solutions role responsible for expanding Merck’s capability to develop and incubate innovative programs and tools that address unmet needs of top customers, including integrated delivery systems, payers, retail chains and other influencers of health care decision-making that support Merck’s core franchises.

Anne Marie Polak | Senior Director | Leavitt Partners

Ms. Polak is a senior director based in Washington, D.C. In her role, she provides policy counsel and analysis to clients with matters involving regu-lations, legislation, and business implications. Anne Marie’s experience includes developing strategic messages and policy positions for Capitol Hill, administration, trade associations, and corporate audiences. Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Anne Marie was a vice president for Faegre BD Consulting in the firm’s health and biosciences group. She also spent five years with the Podesta Group in Washington, D.C., while completing her law degree in the evenings at the George Mason University School of Law, graduating cum laude in 2010. Anne Marie also worked in the government and legal affairs office of Novo Nordisk in Washington, D.C., and as a congressional aide to Rep. Michael Ferguson of New Jersey.

Raymond J. Fabius, MD, CPE, FACPE | Founder | HealthNEXT

Dr. Fabius has recently returned to his start up. HealthNEXT, a company dedicated to the development of organizational cultures of health — after serving as Chief Medical Officer of Truven Health Analytics (formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters), the world’s leading source of intelligent information for business and professionals. In this capacity he is charged with developing and deepening relationships with customers, advising on product development, and providing counsel to the leadership on business strategy and medical issues. Formerly, Dr. Fabius served as strategic advisor to the President of Walgreens Health & Wellness Division. This organization will coordinate over 1,000 workplace health centers and 10,000 pharmacies, many with retail clinics, into a seamless primary care network across the country within the next five years. In the not too distant future, it will be possible to offer large employers medical and fitness services on-site as well as episodic illness care, health coaching and disease management monitoring at the employee’s nearest Walgreens pharmacy.

Dan Buettner | Founder | Blue Zones

Mr. Buettner is an explorer, National Geographic Fellow, award-winning journalist and producer, and a New York Timesbestselling author. He discovered the five places in the world—dubbed Blue Zones—where people live the longest, healthiest lives. His articles about these places in The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic are two of the most popular for both publications.

Buettner now works in partnership with municipal governments, large employers, and health insurance companies to implement Blue Zones Projects in communities, workplaces, and universities. Blue Zones Projects are well-being initiatives that apply lessons from the Blue Zones to entire communities by focusing on changes to the local environment, public policy, and social networks. The program has dramatically improved the health of more than 5 million Americans to date.

Mary Ann Cooney, RN, MSN, MPH | Chief | Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Center for Population Health Strategies

Ms. Cooney provides strategic direction for the Centers three Pillars of Population Health – Clinical to Community Connections, Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health, and Public Health Data Analytics and Informatics. Mary Ann previously worked for 14 years at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services where she was Deputy Commissioner for the Department and Director of Public Health.

Mary Ann has served as adjunct faculty member for the Master of Public Health Program at the University of New Hampshire and recently re-ceived UNH’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. She was School Health Director for the City of Manchester Public Health Department and President of the New Hampshire Public Health Association.

Tom Scully | General Partner | WelshCarson, Anderson & Stowe, Former CMS Administrator

Mr. Scully is a General Partner in the Healthcare Group, having joined WCAS in 2004. Before joining WCAS, he was the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for three years and the President and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals for six years. He also served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and as the Associate Director of OMB under President GHW Bush from 1989 to 1993, and has practiced law at Alston and Bird; Patton Boggs; and Akin, Gump, Strauss Hauer and Feld. He is a Principal at the Lincoln Policy Group.

Don Wright, M.D., M.P.H. | Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Director | Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion

Dr. Don Wright has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) since January 2012. In this capacity, he leads coordination and policy development for public health and prevention activities within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is also currently the acting Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

Jaan Sidorov, MD | President & CEO | The Care Centered Collaborative

Dr. Sidorov is a board-certified in general internal medicine physician with more than 25 years of experience in primary care, inpatient care, medical education and evidence-based practice. Jaan believes physician leadership throughout the continuum of care is the bedrock of value-based care delivery. He received his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire. Jaan also served as a Chief Resident at Reading Hospital in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Andrey Ostrovsky, MD | President & CEO | Concerted Care Group; Former Chief Medical Officer, CMS

Dr. Ostrovsky is a practicing physician, social entrepreneur, and health policy expert who specializes in human-centered design, lean manage-ment, quality improvement, population health, and digital health. Dr. Ostrovsky was most recently the Chief Medical Officer for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS), the nation’s largest insurer covering over 74 million people, annually.

Denee Choice, MD | Vice President and Medical Director Physical Medicine | American Specialty Health

Dr. Choice is vice president and medical director for physical medicine services at American Specialty Health (ASH). Dr. Choice oversees the Rehabilitation Services Clinical Quality Evaluation program and leads the content development, training and clinical quality processes for ASH’s musculoskeletal health and pain management products.

Previously, she served as a Medical Director of Pain Management in the VA System where she led the development and implementation of multi-specialty clinics and treatment teams, complementary and alternative medicine services, and co-authored opioid safety guidelines, with the focus of reducing reliance on opioids for chronic pain.

Mary Jane Osmick, MD | Vice President & Medical Director | American Specialty Health

Dr. Osmick is vice president and medical director for the medical services department at American Specialty Health (ASH), one of the nation’s leading providers of specialty health services. As a physician executive with extensive internal medicine clinical expertise, Dr. Osmick provides medical management, quality oversight, clinical review and product development support across ASH product lines, including specialty health care, population health, and fitness and exercise services.

Helene Forte | Vice President, Public Plans Emerging Markets | Tufts Health Plan

Ms. Forte is responsible for leading Tufts Health Public Plans expansion efforts. Prior to her current position, she was vice president of care management for all Public Plans members.

Prior to joining Tufts Health Plan in 2014, Helene held positions in clinical program support and engagement strategy, care advocacy and medical management for Aetna, a national health plan. She also has served as vice president of medical operations at APS Healthcare Inc., a health management organization servicing commercial, Medicaid and state employee members, while serving consecutively as manager of health programs and manager of case management for Tufts Health Plan. She began her career as a staff nurse — and has taught classes in nursing at Mount Wachusett Community College and Montachusett Vocational School.

Elise Bowman | Director of Strategic Initiatives | Health Leads

As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Ms. Bowman oversees new social needs intervention initiatives among our clinical partners — including program design, resource database build-outs, and integration of Health Leads’ signature technology, Reach. Elise brings 10 years of direct service experience to her role, having previously served as a Health Leads program manager, a case manager for adults struggling with mental illness and homelessness, and in developing parent engagement initiatives in public education settings.

Elise has a passion for helping client-facing staff find sustainable, workable solutions to integrate social needs efforts into their daily work — and loves the opportunity to bring her experience and expertise to bear on the systemic change that comes from spreading social needs programs.

J. David Johnson | Vice President & Senior Consultant | Sage Consulting

Mr. Johnson leads the Sage Consulting’s work for a number of public sector, corporate, non-profit and multi-employer clients. David brings particular expertise in evidence-based workplace wellness programs and leveraging Behavioral Economics principles in Human Resources Management. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Towson University.

David has over 29 years of experience in Health Care and Human Resources. He is a frequent national and regional speaker on workplace wellness and behavior change strategies. David has published multiple articles on employee benefits issues and has been quoted in US News & World Report, the Washington Business Journal, the Baltimore Business Journal, and Employee Benefits News. He holds an MBA in Health Care Management from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sandeep Wadhwa, MD, MBA | Senior Vice President | Solera Health

Dr. Wadhwa is a leader in building population health programs for vulnerable populations. He serves as the senior vice president of market innovation and is the chief health officer for Solera Health where he is focused on scaling the Diabetes Prevention Program as well as health-related, social support interventions. Previously, Sandeep held population health leadership positions with 3M and McKesson. He also served as the State Medicaid Director for Colorado under its former Governor. While there, he oversaw a $4 billion program and led the effort to implement an accountable care collaborative. Sandeep also serves on the board of Reinvestment Fund, a $1 billion non-profit, financial institute devoted to revitalizing low-income neighborhoods. Sandeep continues to see patients at the Seniors Clinic at the University of Colorado Hospital where he serves as associate clinical professor in the division of Geriatric Medicine.

Anil Jain, MD | VP & Chief Health Informatics Officer | IBM Watson Health

Focused on the intersection of information technology, informatics, clinical medicine and innovation, Dr. Jain is VP and Chief Health Informatics Officer at IBM Watson Health. He was Co-Founder, Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer of Explorys, Inc. formed in 2009 based on innovations that he developed while at the Cleveland Clinic. In April 2015, Explorys was acquired by IBM as an integral component of the newly formed Watson Health business unit. In 2017, he was appointed by Congress to the Federal Health IT Advisory Committee established by the 21st Century Cures Act.